Tuesday, January 20, 2009

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Good News From Mary January 20, 2009

7 Habits for a Financially Fit New Year

Personal character is made of habits and habits come in two varieties: good and bad. The secret to learning good habits or breaking bad ones is found in conscious repetition. To create a habit, you must repeat an action over and over again until it becomes a natural response. To break a habit, you must to create a new one or choose not to do something over and over until it becomes a natural response.

Want to become more financially responsible? Consciously focus on the following practices. Repeat them over and over until they become natural responses. Before you know it, these will be your habits, too.

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Bush arrives in Texas after leaving Obama note

Leaving the White House for the last time on Tuesday, President George W. Bush blew a kiss out the window of his presidential limousine, a gesture that capped an eight-year administration marked by two wars, recession and the biggest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

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Bush twins offer advice for Sasha, Malia

Just in time for move-in day, the Bush twins offered their best advice Tuesday to Sasha and Malia Obama on living in a "magical place" called the White House.

In an open letter to the Obama kids, 27-year-olds Barbara Bush and Jenna Hager advised the girls to relish it all — to "go to anything and everything you possibly can."

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This Year, Electronic Filing Is Free for All

You know the saying that there's no free lunch? Well, the Internal Revenue Service is trying to prove you can get something free when filing your taxes.

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Your Nest Is Empty? Enjoy Each Other

The empty nest may not be such an unhappy place after all.

Since the 1970s, relationship experts have popularized the notion of “empty nest syndrome,” a time of depression and loss of purpose that plagues parents, especially mothers, when their children leave home. Dozens of Web sites and books have been created to help parents weather the transition. Simon & Schuster has even introduced a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” dedicated to empty nesters.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Good News Posts from Margaret

Pope congratulates Obama on Inauguration Day

"Pope Benedict XVI, congratulating Barack Obama on his inauguration as U.S. president, prayed that he would remain steadfast in his dedication to promote understanding, cooperation and peace in the world."

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Shed pounds with smart exercise and eating habits

"Q I just started working out a few months ago and am sticking to a high-protein, low-carb diet. I lost some weight, but for the amount of time I spend exercising, I think I should be seeing better results. I lift weights one day and walk the next day, and do an hour per workout. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Can you help?"

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Featured Plant – Asparagus

"Asparagus offers two major perks to the vegetable gardener. First, it's a sure sign that spring is here and the gardening season has begun. Secondly, asparagus is one of the few perennial vegetable crops. Plant it once and it keeps on giving. There is some up front work to be done, before you can enjoy the harvest, but a well-established bed can produce for decades."

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Inaugural Prayers, Speech Plead for God's Grace

"God appeared during Tuesday’s inauguration – that is in the prayers lifted up by the selected pastors and in President Barack Obama’s speech."

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Inaugural Memorabilia: What It's Worth

"An estimated two million people will visit the nation’s capital over the weekend to watch Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration. And while witnessing history will be rewarding enough to some, other attendees will be looking to reap some sizable financial rewards, as well.'

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